The other morning I found myself wrestling with a collection of plastic grocery bags tangled together in hopes of removing one to pack my lunch with. I was running late that morning and knew I needed to shave some time off my morning routine in order to get to the office on time. As I stood there shaking the mess of bags, I grew more and more frustrated with each unsuccessful attempt. Swearing under my breath I was just about to tear them all to pieces.
Then, it hit me, “slow is smooth and smooth is fast”, I said to myself. I took a deep breath in and slowed the whole thing down. With this brief break in my struggle, I noticed that the knot of bags was due to the handles being tied together. After what seemed like forever, I identified the sole issue that was causing my problem- the damn bags were tied together! Feeling foolish, I easily removed one bag for my lunch and proceeded to the remainder of my routine, rushing to get to work on time.
Point is, slow down when you’re going fast. In a world where speed is top priority, sometimes that very speed is the cause of most problems. When you are in control you are less likely to make mistakes or overlook small, yet important details- like the bags being tied together. Remember, slow is smooth and smooth is fast.